It took six weeks of hard work for Bruins sophomore receiver Brandon Gerau to finally have a break out game.
Until Friday, Gerau made 14 receptions for 289 yards, but his only touchdown came in the second week of the season, a 48-yard reception from quarterback Logan Gray.
But against the Francis Howell Central Spartans, Gray found Gerau open early and often.
The sophomore caught three touchdown passes from Gray in the first half of a 52-25 Bruins’ victory.
“Tonight was my night,” Gerau said. “They really doubled up Demond (Thorpe) hard, which left me wide open, and three times I was in the end zone.”
Rock Bridge coach A.J. Ofodile said that Thorpe’s early season success has made him a point of focus for opposing defenses. He said Gerau has benefited from that.
“The thing about Brandon is that he’s been opportunistic,” Ofodile said. “It’s huge for our offense to have a reliable guy like Brandon who can make some big plays to come and be that complimentary guy.”
Despite being a major focus of the Spartans’ defense, Thorpe found a way to get a touchdown of his own.
When sophomore Prinard Black intercepted a pass from sophomore quarterback Brad Bira with 8:30 remaining in the second quarter, the Bruins didn’t waste any time capitalizing on the opportunity.
On the first play on the ensuing drive, Gray tossed a 29-yard pass to Thorpe, putting the Bruins up 28-6.
Junior Josh Conyers caught a pass and ran it 70 yards for a touchdown late in the game and sophomore Scott Concannon found a hole that led to a 41-yard score with 28.6 seconds remaining in the game.
The Spartans got three rushing touchdowns from senior running back Casey Johnson and another from sophomore Mike Brazzle.
Senior quarterback Johnnie Collins, who rushed for 11 touchdowns and more than 900 yards in his first five games this season, did not play. Spartans head coach Todd Berck did not elaborate.
Ofodile said he was pleased with his team’s performance.
“I was happy with the enthusiasm,” Ofodile said. “That’s all we really can ask from the guys. We came away with a win, so I’m happy.”